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SV Mandalay 1923 - still going

Some old vessels end up slowly rotting away somewhere unloved and unkown - not so Mandalay.  Those readers who remember one of the great characters of the sailing cruise ship world Mike Burke, not actually his real name but an adopted one to suit his attitude towards life - his style being larger than life.

His company Windjammer Barefoot Cruises slipped away from him and one day so did Mike greatly missed by many on the Caribbean waterfronts.  Well good news as today in the local Miami, FL newspaper there was an announcement that one Charles Kropke has formed Windjammer  Sailing Adventures with the 1923 SV Mandalay and sets sail from Grenada on July 22, 2012 for cruises to and through the Grenadines.

With the hurricane season now in full swing NAUTICAL LOG hopes that this time the Company has its act together on a viable Hurricane Plan with a Master and crew that know how to handle a full-rigged ship in bad and heavy weather.  The last time one of their vessels was caught on a lee shore in a hurricane and it ended very badly.  This event has not been forgotten on the various waterfronts of the Caribbean and by us older Masters so prepare properly in this new company Windjammer Sailing Adventures.  As always NAUTICAL LOG stands ready to consult with the management on its maritime affairs most particularly safety issues.

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